By Marciel Whitehurst
LOGOS STAFF WRITER
There are several traditions which are synonymous with college social life: parties, sports and Greek life. Many would question the legitimacy of an institution of higher education which lacks those three components. However ,UIW is proudly exempt from that list. The ‘Bird’s Nest on Broadway’ boasts several different Greek organizations.
The sororities which are represented are as follows: Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), Delta Sigma Theta (DST), Alpha Sigma Alpha, Aha Sigma Tau, Delta Beta Chi, and Delta Xi Nu. AKA and DST are recognized by the National Panhellenic Council and two members of the Divine Nine.
The Divine Nine are comprised of nine historical minority fraternities and sororities, which serve the minority students of their respective campus. Along with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Incarnate Word is also represented by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc., better known as the “Q”s. These fraternities’ and sororities’ missions are to serve their community and harvest a culture of appreciation for those around them.
Many activities which are common for these service organizations are step-shows and stroll competitions. The Multicultural Greek Alliance (MGA) sponsors an annual stroll competition, which allows all certified Greek organizations throughout San Antonio to showcase creativity, style, and organizational pride. This year’s winners were Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Many of the winning participants attended University of Texas-San Antonio.
During football home games, staples on the tailgating circuit are fraternities such as Chi Phi, Kappa Sigma, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Lambda Upsilon Lambda. They can be seen just outside the south end zone with couches, video games, wood fire grills, and select beverages. These frats are also active in stroll competitions as well. There are several chapters throughout the city which allow students to engage with fellow brothers and create a community of unity throughout the respective brotherhoods.
Each fraternity and sorority sponsors several events on campus and hold a rush process for interested students. Those interested in becoming a member of a Greek organization must go through a strict process of academic enrichment and community service, while also maintaining academic superiority within the classroom.
The Greek Life office is located in the Office of Campus Life in Marian Hall Student Center.
Dr. Angela McPherson Williams, also known as “Dr. Mac,” supervises all Greek activities with the help of a graduate assistant who serves as Greek Life coordinator. Williams is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.